The New York Chiropractic Council Position Statement Regarding Healthcare Freedom and Informed Consent
Informed consent builds trust in the health care system.
The patient-doctor relationship is founded on trust and individualized treatment. Government mandates violate the privacy of healthcare between families and their healthcare providers. We hold that informed consent - full disclosure of the known benefits, risks and unknowns of healthcare procedures - is fundamental in both ethics and law, is a requirement at the center of morally valid decision-making in healthcare, and should continue to be a basic tenet in healthcare.
Personal freedom and civil liberties are fundamental rights.
Adults have a fundamental right to healthcare choices on behalf of themselves and their children, free from governmental interference or mandate, whether those choices are based upon scientific research, medical necessity, philosophic principles or religious precepts.
Philosophical and religious exemptions protect our citizens and our values.
We hold that Americans, proud to protect the individuality of personal choice, should maintain the right and ability to make choices in their health care, and that this is fundamental to the core of our civil liberties.
Legislators should support healthcare freedom, civil liberties and parental rights.
Americans hold inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. State/government mandated medical procedures impose upon those rights. We fundamentally disagree with authorizing our state/government the ability to mandate any medical procedure compromising the freedom of competent adults to make personal healthcare choices on behalf of themselves and their children. Our Legislators should at all times protect and defend all of our inalienable rights.